The farm fields are lined with bright orange pumpkins just waiting to be picked and carved into Jack-o-Lanterns. Pumpkin picking is one of the most popular fall activities and there is no shortage of pumpkin patches in the greater Hartford area. With Halloween approaching, don't delay: head out on a crisp autumn day and find just the right pumpkin to decorate with your child. Don't forget to roast and enjoy the seeds! For even more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide.
Apple picking is a favorite Fall activity with kids and Connecticut has dozens of wonderful apple picking orchards and farms that make a great day trip. If you’d like to stay in Fairfield County, you have only a small selection to choose from, which may be why all of the orchards get busy on the weekends. My kids and I like to head out first thing in the morning to beat the crowds. For even more orchards, be sure to check out our post on Pick-Your-Own Apple Orchards in Western CT. No matter where you go, you'll find that apple picking is a great outing for toddlers especially when you combine it with cool activities like corn mazes, hay rides, petting zoos, and farm markets with fresh pressed cider, donuts and pies.
Keep in mind that crop conditions change from day-to-day, so it’s always a good idea to call a location or check the website before you head out. Some orchards are reporting a lighter than normal crop this year due to last year's long winter followed by heavy rains in the spring. You'll have to help your little one pick according to the rules of the farm, but you'll always find helpful, friendly farm workers willing to lend a hand and demonstrate the proper picking technique. Be prepared for a port-o-potty, since most locations don't have bathroom facilities out in the orchards. Make sure to dress in warm layers and wear comfortable shoes. And bring your appetites!
Is there anything better than fall in New England? We think not. The beauty of nature surrounds us and family fun is bountiful. Whether you want to frolic on a farm or experience a little culture, there’s much to do with the kids in Boston (and beyond) this fall.
We’ve rounded up some of the best autumn activities for families. Farm fun is abundant: picking apples and pumpkins, having a birthday party, or getting happily lost in a corn maze. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite cultural happenings for kids and great fall foliage getaways, too. If you're looking for ghoulishly good Halloween ideas, check out our Halloween Fun Guide!
Ah, fall… can there be a better season to get out and do things as a family in Boston? The draining heat of summer is behind us, back to school jitters have subsided, and the threat of winter’s cold and snow is (hopefully) still weeks away. The beauty of nature surrounds us and family fun is plentiful, whether you want to experience a little culture or frolic on a farm. To herald in the season, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite, must-do autumn activities for families.
There’s a sudden crispness to the air, the kids have gone back to school and our thoughts have turned to Fall, a beautiful time to get out and about in New Jersey. Looking for some autumnal activities? How about pumpkin picking? Hey, they don’t call this the Garden State for nothing! There are plenty of fantastic farms in NJ with activities from hay rides to corn mazes to pumpkin painting to birthday parties. Here’s a list of our favorite New Jersey pumpkin picking farms. Looking for other yummy fall fun? Try our post on Fun Fall Harvest Festivals in NJ. And don't forget to sign up for our emails to get more Halloween and family activities each week.
When we were invited by the Roger Williams Park Zoo to attend the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, I was delighted—but when something is billed as “spectacular,” I am always at least a little bit skeptical. As it turns out, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular lives up to its name. More than just a collection of carved pumpkins, it is a curated show of highly skilled and imaginative artwork, with a soundtrack to boot.
Larger-than-life corn mazes offer families the challenge of finding their way through winding paths to solve a mystery, claim a prize, or just make it to the other side – a perfect fall activity that gets kids and parents working together. Choose a farm with a corn maze to take your apple picking and pumpkin patch excursions up a level, plan an unforgettable birthday bash for your child, or just have a blast as a family. Here are some of the Boston area's best corn mazes for an outdoor autumn adventure.
Apple picking season is here! I used to look forward to apple picking every year as a child and now I have just as much fun watching my little ones run through the orchards, laugh on the bumpy hayrides and search for the perfect apples. And let's not forget the fresh pressed apple cider and hot, delicious cider donuts! Many farms also have family-friendly entertainment and activities including live music, bounce houses, and more. Apple picking is also a great farm-to-table teaching opportunity and a wonderful way to ease out of summer.
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